Worcester Art Museums and Galleries, Worcester

Take a break from the everyday and spend some time enjoying Worcester's art museums and galleries. Wandering among magnificent works and sampling some of the city's fine art exhibitions, you're certain to have a pleasant time.
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Worcester Art Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Worcester Art Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Worcester (See other walking tours in Worcester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: Stella
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Worcester Art Museum

1) Worcester Art Museum (must see)

The Worcester Art Museum, also known by its acronym WAM, houses over 35,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the present day, representing cultures from all over the world. The WAM opened in 1898 and is the second largest art museum in New England. The WAM also has a café, museum shop, library, and a year round roster of classes for children and adults.

Very little of the exterior this original building can be viewed due to the multiple expansions the museum has undertaken.

Installed in 1932 and linked to the Museum in 1933 via the grand Renaissance Court, the chapter house was the first medieval building ever transported from Europe to America.

In addition to the Roman mosaic-laden Renaissance court and French chapter house, strengths of the permanent collection include collections of European and North American painting, prints, photographs, and drawings; Asian art; Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics; and Contemporary art.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; 3rd Thursday of the month: 11 am – 8 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Salisbury Mansion

2) Salisbury Mansion (must see)

The Salisbury Mansion was constructed in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury I. Owned by three successive generations, the mansion witnessed many socio-cultural and economic changes in Worcester. As the Salisbury family was actively involved in local charitable activities, the mansion was saved as a historic house. It belonged first to the American Antiquarian Society. Later it became the property of the Worcester Art Museum. In 1984, after being restored, the mansion opened to citizens as a historic house museum, preserving the natural atmosphere of the Salisbury family home life in the 1830s.
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Prints and Potter Gallery

3) Prints and Potter Gallery

Located on Highland Street, Prints and Potter Gallery is owned by Norman Ringdahl, a certified picture framer in Worcester. He is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association. The gallery staff is made up of 7 artists who express their own view of Worcester life through their original art and craft works. Prints and Potter, also called the American Craft and Custom Picture Framing Gallery, started over thirty years ago and offers services like painting restoration, picture framing and handicraft artwork. It respects the Eco Care movement, the works being made of natural material, without any chemical colour processing.
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History Museum

4) History Museum (must see)

Worcester History Museum, also WHM, is the only institution that houses local history artifacts in its research library and galleries. Archival manuscript collections, maps and photography show Worcester's boom period as an industrially- and commercially-flourishing town. The museum's collections include artifacts like early wood pieces and ceramics, weaponry from the first English settlement through World War II, paintings and sculpture, and important costume and textile collections. Salisbury Mansion, the only house museum in Worcester, is the property of the History Museum.
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ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery

5) ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery (must see)

ARTSWorcester, also known as AW, is a non-commercial organization offering support to new regional artists.It is situated in the building of The Aurora Hotel, which is a historic hotel building .The gallery was founded in 1979. Through its exhibitions, ARTSWorcester provides visual and cultural exchanges of young and promising artists. ARTSWorcester has five galleries as property, the main one hosted at Aurora, an elegant architectural landmark located in Main Street with 2,000 sq feet dedicated to paintings, sculptures, various performing events and festivals.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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DZian Gallery

6) DZian Gallery

One of Worcester's most impressive showplaces, Dzian Gallery is the only dealer authorized to sell works by different contemporary world artists. Here you will also find an original assortment of home decorations, exclusive collections of fine jewelry and purses, pottery, and more. The owners of the gallery, David and Gina Papazian, often host different art exhibitions and social meetings like ladies' night.

Walking Tours in Worcester, Massachusetts

Create Your Own Walk in Worcester

Create Your Own Walk in Worcester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Worcester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Worcester Architecture Sightseeing Tour

Worcester Architecture Sightseeing Tour

Take a walk through the center of Worcester and enjoy admiring the architectural aspects of the main tourist attractions like the City Hall, Union Station, Tuckerman Hall, Lincoln Memorial Auditorium and other remarkable architectural jewels of this corner of New England.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
A Tour of Worcester Religious Buildings

A Tour of Worcester Religious Buildings

Worcester is a city characterized by religious diversity. Its places of worship make wonderful attractions for tourists. Take this walking tour to visit Notre Dame des Canadiens, Wesley United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Saint Matthews Parish and other sacred places in Worcester: you'll learn about the city while soothing your spirit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Worcester Landmarks Tour

Worcester Landmarks Tour

Worcester is full of historical monuments. Take this walking tour to visit downtown Worcester with its wonderful landmarks, like the Civil War Memorial, Burnside Fountain, the Korean War Memorial and others. The blue glass-walled skyscraper will be your "light house" helping with city orientation.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Named after a town in England, Worcester is the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Once commonly referred to as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is also known as the hometown of the first mass-produced Valentine's Day card. On top of that, the city holds a number of notable attractions, including the Civil War Memorial, Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester Art Museum and more. Follow this orientation walk and explore them in their entirety.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Worcester for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Worcester has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Worcester, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.